You might consider the possibility of saying that, or something similar. It's simple and it's true. What he does with it is up to him.I dont know what the answer is, all i know is i love him, unconditionally and would do anything to help him and us make it through this.
That's going to depend on the person and the situation. When I started working with a therapist, I kind of knew I had PTSD but thought I had it handled. He told me, in an email, before my first actual appointment that "if you have PTSD it affects more aspects of your life than you realize." Boy was THAT ever true! I'm more aware of it now. But I still need the space to think about it and some time to realize what's going on. What you experience is intensely REAL, whether it's an accurate reflection of the world as anyone else sees it or not. Maybe imagine that you're walking through the world wearing a pair of glasses that distort things like those fun house mirrors do. Your first task is to realize you're wearing glasses. Then to try to sort out how they affect things. Then try to get an accurate grasp of what's "really going on".if PTSD sufferers are aware that their reaction to something stems from the PTSD,
One small example. My T & I were talking about "making progress". I mentioned that I rarely, almost never, bothered to consider whether or not I could beat him to the door. (I choose my place to sit pretty carefully, with that sort of thing in mind.) He smiled and asked, "Did it ever occur to you that I'd just let you leave if you wanted to leave?" Well..... Actually, no, that had never occurred to me. Which probably seems dumb. And it's not an issue everyone has. And I was actually pretty sure my T was safe to be around too. But that's just how my brain has learned to see things. Your friend is going to have his own set of things like that. He might be aware of some or all of them, he might not.
Reading requires the use of the so called "higher functions" in the brain. PTSD tends to take you right to the more life or death part of the brain. It's hard to read text when your brain is screaming something that suggests the world is coming to an end RIGHT NOW. (Speaking for just me.)What causes you to choose to not read it and scan it instead?